Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 05, 2002
Smithsonian calls for renewed international cooperation in sharing biodiversity information
The second annual Smithsonian Botanical Symposium on 5-6 April 2002 is entitled

Obese lung-transplant recipients at higher risk of death
Obese people are three times more likely to die after a lung transplant than individuals at healthier weights, providing first-time evidence that extremely heavy people should lose weight before having lung transplant surgery, University of Florida researchers have found.

Northeastern University study analyzes cover trends of People magazine
Over the last 25 years, the cover themes of People magazine shifted away from celebrity careers and become preoccupied with the stars' personal problems - illnesses, crime and family/sex issues - as well as the lives and crimes of serial killers and social deviants, according to a study recently released by Northeastern University.

Surviving hypoxia
Learning to recognize the onset of hypoxia is vital to naval aviators--if you pass out, you can't fly an airplane.

Young horses need more zinc, copper for strong skeletons, says UF expert
They run fast and jump high, sometimes suffering torn cartilage and broken bones as a result.

AAAS Chairman Peter Raven responds, what is destroying earth's rich biological diversity?
As biological diversity continues to rapidly deteriorate, the source and severity of such destruction is becoming more and more evident.

Fish tales
The Office of Naval Research knows there's something strange going on in a shallow, marshy area of Virginia's Elizabeth River.

Luxury for the masses the ultimate global field-leveler, says author
In a book due out this month, a University of Florida English professor and popular culture expert does just that.

Brookhaven Spotlights: News from the National Synchrotron Light Source
The release describes five research projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), the world's most frequently used facility for scientific research using x-rays, ultraviolet light, and infrared light.

Many rural residents living with HIV continue risky behaviors
Findings from a new study of people with HIV who live in rural communities suggest they may be more likely to continue having unprotected sex than people living with HIV in urban areas, a problem study authors blame on a lack of HIV-prevention programs and other health and social services in rural America.

Chip design has potential as artificial retina
The Office of Naval Research is funding research into a new type of analog processor that is compact while offering extremely fast computations for image processing.

PET scans reduce unnecessary colorectal surgeries
More than 60% of surgeries planned for patients with suspected recurrence of colorectal cancer were found to be unnecessary as the result of a PET scan according to a new study of 102 patients.

Australian frog is first to make its own chemical weapons
Researchers have identified an Australian poison frog that makes its own toxin rather than getting it from food sources.

Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI) issues first recommendation to FDA
The Product Quality Research Institute issued a blend uniformity analysis recommendation to FDA.

Faster, cheaper, better coatins for parts used in hot or corrosive environments
Solar powered rocket engines, heat exchangers, space and missile propulsion systems, hot gas valves - even hip joint replacements - could benefit from a coating technology shown to be many times faster and at least 50 percent cheaper than other options by Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) materials scientists.

UF study: Wide generation gap in belief in the right to die
The closer people are to death, the more likely they are to believe in their right to die, suggests a University of Florida study that finds a wide generation gap on the subject of living and dying.

Glaucoma leading cause of blindness in Hispanics
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among U.S. Hispanics, while cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment, according to results of a national study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Researchers identify key gene that regulates immune response
Researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital's Ontario Cancer Institute and Amgen Research Institute have discovered that controlling a specific gene could prevent the body's immune system from overreacting to bacterial infection and shutting down its circulatory system.

Small research big on Illinois campus
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